Pupil Premium Statement

Pupil premium funding is provided by the Department for Education to enhance the education of students who are 'disadvantaged' according to the government.

At Macmillan Academy we receive extra funding for those students who are entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) and those who are in the CLA category (previously entitled 'looked after children').

At Macmillan Academy we believe that all of our students will achieve well if they are taught by well trained and highly qualified teachers. We invest time and money in developing our staff and we have developed a model for teaching and learning that is based on evidence from the Education Endowment Foundation as well as other research such as John Hattie's Visible Learning and Geoff Petty's Evidence Based Teaching.

Overall the performance of 'disadvantaged' students at the academy continues to be a strength as highlighted by the table below taken from RAISE online.

The performance in 2014 led to a nomination for a national award in the Key Stage 4 category of the Pupil Premium Awards 2015. The letter of congratulations from the Minister of State for schools which states that "The reason that you have been selected is that you are one of the most improved schools in the country in terms of attainment and value added progress of your disadvantaged pupils since 2011."

Value Added
2014 Raise 2015 Raise 2016 Raise
Value Added for ‘disadvantaged’ students at KS4 (Macmillan Academy) 1000.0 996.8 -0.05 (P8)
Value Added for ‘disadvantaged’ students at KS4 (national average) 977.6 975.9 -0.32 (P8)

2014 2015 2016
FSM % Missed 7.0 7.3 6.8
National Average 7.3 7.5 7.2
FSM % Persistent Absence 10.2 12.5 17.7
National Average 11.5 10.9 21.6

Fixed term exclusions
as a % of school cohort
% students with one or
more fixed term exclusions
School National School National
2014 5.07 6.87 3.18 3.86
2015 2.98 6.71 2.51 2.51
2016 3.89 7.6 2.5 2.5

% students with more
than one fixed term exlusion
Permanent exclusions as a
% of student cohort
School National School National
2014 n/a n/a 0.00 0.12
2015 0.33 1.34 0.07 0.13
2016 0.66 1.51 0.00 0.15

We are also proud of the fact that no students who left the academy at the end of Year 11 and Year 13 were in the NEET category (Not in Education, Employment or Training). This ties in with the aim of the governing body and all staff employed at the academy to ensure that all young people leave our institution with a positive destination for their future work or study.


Destinations in 2014 of students who left in Year 11 in 2013
(Overall % going to sustained education or employment)

Macmillan Academy National
All students 96 92
Disadvantaged 91 85
Other 98 94

Destinations in 2015 of students who left in Year 11 in 2014
(Overall % going to sustained education or employment)

Macmillan Academy National
All students 97 94
Disadvantaged 96 87
Other 98 96

Post 16 Destinations

Pupil Premium received 2013 -14 £300,383
Pupil Premium received 2014 -15 £302,580
Pupil Premium received 2015 -16 £301,299
Planned budget for 2016-17 is approximately £300,000

In deciding how to spend the money we carried out a review of our pupil premium budget and set about identifying the aims (desired outcomes) that we had for our disadvantages students. The audit that has been linked to this page of the website shows what strategies we employed to meet these outcomes. There is also an evaluation of those strategies so that there is complete transparency and accountability for the way in which these funds were spent. It can also be seen that the final spend was over the amount allocated by the DFE as we believe that it is vital to invest as much as possible in this area to meet our aims.

Literacy/Numeracy catch up premium

We also receive a smaller sum of money to support Year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2. The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium is spent on small group tuition and intervention sessions at the start of Year 7. These have been evaluated in the academy pupil premium audit.

In total we received:
£10,500 for 2014-15
£14,500 for 2015-16
Planned budget for 2016-17 is approximately £10,000

Pupil Premium Audit

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